Neiman’s Grammar and Neiman’s Primary were side-by-side One-Room-Schoolhouses in Conewago Township, York, Co., PA (1940 Photos in Collection of York County History Center)
Stonework signature uncovers One-Room Schoolhouse
Stonework signature details have been used successfully to verify structures as former One-Room Schoolhouses. Neiman’s One-Room Schoolhouse is used as an example.
There were four Neiman’s One-Room Schoolhouses in York County; located in Lower Windsor Township, West Manchester Township, and two in Conewago Township. Neiman’s Grammar (grades 5-8) and Neiman’s Primary (grades 1-4) were side-by-side One-Room-Schoolhouses located on the east side of Andersontown Road in the northwest section of Conewago Township. The 1940 photos of those schoolhouses are overlapped to show their relative proximity.
It was thought both these schoolhouses no longer stood, however recently a photo of a section of a church on the east side of Andersontown Road was sent to me, with the claim it is the former Neiman’s Grammar One-Room Schoolhouse. Take a look at the following comparison photos. Assuming some landscaping changes and modifications to the building, I thought that claim was worth further investigation.
I have been updating my Source Index of York County One-Room Schools; which will eventually include a “still standing” notation. For that addition, stonework signature comparisons have been used to verify several One-Room Schoolhouses still stand, The results of yesterday’s site visit to the Church, claimed to be Neiman’s Grammar, are shown in the following photos.
Right front stonewall comparison between photos of 1940 Neiman’s Grammar One-Room-Schoolhouse and 2019 Mountain Grove Chapel is done by lining up heights of the stone course at bottom of window sills. The stonework signature is clearly NOT a match, thus this church building is definitely not Neiman’s Grammar One-Room Schoolhouse. A church dateplate; noting the church was built in 1898, removes any doubt.
UPDATE: Neiman’s Grammar One-Room Schoolhouse still stands as the Delp Center of Mountain Grove Church; see this LINK for details.
I’ll be talking about early education within the bounds of Northeastern School District at a 6:45 PM event on Saturday August 10, 2019; held at Northeastern High School. My talk will focus on 29 early schoolhouses; primarily One-Room Schoolhouses, however including a three-room and a pair of two-room schoolhouses. Charles Stambaugh organized this event as a multi-class reunion; he will follow my talk, with a presentation on the present history of Northeastern School District.
The locations of the 29 One-Room Schoolhouses are shown in the following illustration. Following my presentation, we will be asking those who attended these schools to stand up. The oldest present alumni will be recognized.
The flyer for the August 10, 2019, “From One-Room To Present” event at Northeastern High School follows:
Click on this LINK for a yorkblog.com Full View of the photos and illustrations in this post.
Use the following links as a location and source index for pre-1950 York County schools. The vast majority of these schools are One-Room Schoolhouses:
York County One-Room Schools (A-B)
York County One-Room Schools (C-D)
York County One-Room Schools (E-G)
York County One-Room Schools (H-K)
York County One-Room Schools (L-M)
York County One-Room Schools (N-P)
York County One-Room Schools (Q-R)
York County One-Room Schools (S-T)
York County One-Room Schools (U-Z)